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Register for our Character & Special Effects Makeup Certification Program!

The Art of Makeup Character and Special Effects Makeup Certification Program, is instructed by none other than Emmy winning makeup master Thomas Surprenant. Learn from a bonafide master of the craft and come away with a certification and a skill set you can build a career with. Either Mr. Surprenant or one of his experienced film industry colleagues will team up with him to teach this in depth character and special effects program.

bald capIn this 7-week course you will learn to provide special effects makeup services for film, television, commercials, photo shoots, and theatrical performances. This course also prepares students who have a significant interest in working in special effects labs. Work with models as well as your classmates to realize your full potential and boost your makeup artist credibility.

This certification course combines lectures, demos, student application, and photo shoots to prepare students for the real-life special effects makeup job market. Courses in this program include:

  • Theatre Makeup
  • Hair Laying, Dressing & Construction
  • Out of the Kit FX II
  • Working Special Effects
  • Character Aging Makeup
  • Bald Cap Fabrication & Application
  • Lifecasting
  • Prosthetic Design, Fabrication & Application
  • Career Marketing II
  • Special Effects Photo Shoot

Register Now for the next Session!

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For detailed program schedule and more info on our Special Effects program visit our FX site.



The Art of Makeup School offers certificate programs, individual courses, and specialty classes in makeup for fields such as bridal, fashion, editorial photo shoots, fashion runway shows, commercials, music videos, theater, and media & advertising. The Art of Makeup’s training and education environment provides makeup artistry skills from successful working makeup artists current in fashion and makeup trends, film, television, stage, and HD makeup.

Private tours are available 7 days a week. Tours by appointment only please.

Please call us at 503-244-1558 or contact us to schedule an appointment or sign up for our mailing list.